'' Evangelizing The GOSPEL Throughout The World'' 


''With A Heart For The World''

''Wisdom'' (Proverbs 1:7)
Wisdom is insight into the working of the world. A wise person knows how to handle the difficult times of life. To be wise means to be intune with how the world works and to know the proper behavior for each situation. Of course, the Bible roots wisdom in God. After all, only God, the creator and subtainer of the universe, knows how the world works in all its different ways. That is why Proverbs, the most obvious of all books of wisdom, begins with the famous statement, ''Knowledge (another word for wisdom) begins with respect for the Lord'' (Proverbs 1:7). The only true wisdom in this world comes from God. That is the message of Job for instance, Job and his three friends have  an argument about the cause of Job's pain. His children have been killed, his wealth taken away, and his body has paiful sores from his head to his feet. His three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, believe they have the correct answer to the cause of his sickness. They argue that Job suffers becaue he has sinned. They believe that if Job would listen to them and repent, then he would get better immediately.
On the other hand, Job knows they are wrong. He questions God's justice and wisdom. The point of the Book of Job, however, is that only God knows ( Job 38-42). God is the only one who is completely wise. As the famous poem on wisdom dsys, ''The fear of the Lord is wisdom; to stay away from evil is understanding'' ( Job 28:28). The second half of Job 28:28 leads us to another important quality of biblical wisdom. Wisdom is right, and its opposite, foolishness, is wrong. Many proverbs make this contrast:  A wise person will understand what to do, but a foolish person is dishonest. Fools don't care if they sin, but honest people workat being right.  ( Proverbs 14:8,9). The Bible leads people in the direction of wisdom and doing right, while avoiding their opposites foolishness and evil. The Book of Preverbs set up a very sharp contrast between wisdom and foolishness in Proverbs 8 and 9, and these chapters give us an excellent understanding of how wisdom works. They also show close connection between wisdon and God. Proverbs 8 gives the speech of wisdom as though she were a woman. The reader has met her earlier in the book ( Proverbs 1:20), but now we have a lengthy and revealing chapter about her, she is standing on the hilltop next to the road, which is the path of life, calling to the young men, who stand for the readers of the book. Wisdom warns them to avoid another woman named Foolishness ( see Proverbs9: 1-6 and 9:13-18). Foolishness is trying to get the young men to come to her house, which is also on the hilltop. Those who follow Wisdom will be good and will have what they need in life. Her advice is better than silver and gold (Proverbs 8: 10-11). Still, what Foolishness has to offer seems so good, so right, so profitable, but it is nothing. Those who follow Foolishness are evil and will die 
( Proverbs 9:18). She is a liat, while Wisdom tells the truth. Lady Wisdom is the same as God's quailty of wisdom. Lady Wisdom stands for God Himself. If that is so, what about Foolishness? Foolishness stands for all the false gods and goddesses,  the idols, that turned Israel away from the true God, so, the decision whether to follow Wisdom or Folly is a choice to love God or worship an idol, which is Satan himself. The contrast of  Wisdom and Foolishness in Proverbs 8 and 9, is respected through the rest of the Book of  Proverbs, Proverbs 10-31 contain the shot, meaningful statement that we lend to call ''proverbs.'' They provide the message of wisdom in the Bible. They are the nitty-gritty advice about how to live life well, in a way that will lead to success. Often this is all that they are taken to be- good advice- but reading them in the light of  Proverbs 8-9, we see that they are much more. According to Colossians 2:3, it is Jesus in whom ''all the treasures of wisdom and knowing are safely kept.'' In 1 Corinthians 1:30 Paul teaches that it is Christ'' who has become for us wisdom from God.'' We are not to follow or seek out wisdom of the world, but rather we are to seek Jesus Christ who makes us wise. And once we have found Him we find goodness and life. 

What Is It We're Looking For

So often we try to fill the void
With what the world provides,
In hope that we will find contentment
For our dreary, empty lives
But listen my friend it's only temporary
And is like chasing the wind,
The things of the world simply won't fulfil
The unhappiness we have within

We mustn't look for our fulfilment
In pleasures that won't satisfy,
For we can never fulfil what's lacking
Unless Christ comes inside
For God has created us to need Him
And fills us with His love,
So we won't need more worldly things,
Nor crave for ungodly stuff

We need to stop and ask ourselves,
What is it we're looking for?
And can we truly be fulfilled
If we don't allow the Lord
To come inside and bring the change
That's needed in our lives?
So we will find that true happiness
Is only found in Christ.